Is Your Home a Historic Place? Understanding Portland’s Historic Designations

Did you know that Portland has 15 areas that are designated historic districts? That there are 1900 homes and buildings in Oregon that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (and if you include homes listed in a … Read more

Client’s Eye View: Laurelhurst Cottage Remodel

We’re just breaking ground on a renovation of a 1928 Tudor cottage in Laurelhurst and delighted to discover that our clients have decided to start a blog to track their renovation experience from start to finish.

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How fun!

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5 Steps to a Welcoming Entry

Halloween has come and gone and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching.

Were your adorable pint-sized neighbors be delightfully spooked by the cobwebs that you artfully draped on your porch?

Or freaked out by the peeling, warped woodwork and the dripping awning … Read more

Mary Poppins Inspires Rooftop Boat Hatch

We like to say that if our clients dream it, we can do it.

Recently, we had the opportunity to put that idea to the test when a client requested a VERY unusual rooftop accessory:

 A custom fabricated stainless steel … Read more

Now and Then

Our Carpenter on Call team is getting started on a project for a home in the Sabin neighborhood in NE Portland. The goal: to restore the home’s exterior to match its original 1913 look.

Luckily, we have some great shots … Read more

Rescuing a 100 Year Old Wisteria

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Normally we work to conserve the integrity of 100 year old homes. In this case, we had a unique opportunity to restore the architecture holding up a rare and beautiful 100 year old wisteria vine, protecting this extraordinary plant and … Read more

Your March Checklist for a Smooth Running Home

The folks over at Houzz (a cool idea sharing site for home remodeling) posted a great piece on getting prepped for Spring.

Take a look:

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While you are there, check out a few of our project galleries and … Read more

Letting the Light In

We recently ran across this post from a client who used us to restore and replace a wall of glass windows in a gorgeous mid-century home by architect Frank Shell.

Here’s an excerpt from his description of the window … Read more